As many tennis fans know now, Nick Kyrgios, at just nineteen years old, beat the World No. 1 Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon 2014, advancing to the semifinals. We all found talent in him as he entered Wimbledon simply as a wild card select as he shocked Rafa’s fans in just four games in a best of five match. It marked history as Kyrgios became the first tennis player to beat a World No. 1 and was ranked out of the Top 100. His win boosted him up the rankings from being outside the top 100’s to No. 34. His surge and talent spoke volumes to the tennis community, but this year, in 2015, his attitude spoke louder and clearer.
At the 2015 Roger’s Cup in Montreal, Kyrgios taunted and insulted Stan Wawrinka in their match about Stan’s girlfriend allegedly cheating on him. Courtside microphones also picked up a few f-bombs being dropped. This sparked outrage as Stan took to twitter with his anger at the comment. Stan’s coach, Magnus Norman, as well took to twitter admonishing the immature and unnecessary comment. The ATP settled their alarm by fining Kyrgios $10,000.
Quite unfortunately, the outrage doesn’t stop there, the 20-year old seems to lose everything when he can’t convert on court. In the 2015 Wimbledon, Kyrgios shocked everyone again by defeating World No. 7 Milos Raonic. However, his antics during the match were more valuable to the highlight reel than the actual win. At the end of a point that Kyrgios failed to win, in frustration, he threw his racket on the ground. It bounced up and into the crowd because of the volatile force. Other reports detail Kyrgios as banging his racket on the ground in between points. Even at the U.S. Open, before being given an early exit by Andy Murray, Kyrgios would wind up for a hit and “accidentally” lose his grip on his racket, sending it flying across the court.
Kyrgios’ antics and odd behavior is a strong part of his game that he has to eradicate. That will only come with maturity as he grows older. With that in thought his talent is unquestionable. The way he plays now is much surprising for a 20-year old. If he can keep up with two of the players ranked in World’s Top Ten then he can surely improve and became a player who can reach the World’s number one ATP ranking. His talent and ability will only rise and increase. All that’s left is for his mind to acknowledge the fact that this chance is not for everyone. His game and style are exceptional and the day he learns to become a humble, calm, and mature tennis player, his true ability will be unlocked.
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